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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

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b. 1971, Egypt

Wael Shawky Biography

Based on extensive periods of research and enquiry, Wael Shawky’s work tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Whether instructing Bedouin children to act out the construction of an airport runway in the desert or organizing a heavy metal concert in a remote Egyptian village, Shawky frames contemporary culture through the lens of historical tradition and vice versa. Mixing truth and fiction, childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians in his trilogy of puppet animations – titled Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files (2010), The Path to Cairo (2012) and The Secrets of Karbala (2014) – while his two-part film, Al Araba Al Madfuna (2013), uses child actors to recount poetic myths, paying homage, rather than mere lip-service, to the important narratives of yesteryear.

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Wael Shawky was born in Alexandria in 1971 where he lives and works. Recent solo exhibitions include Serpentine Galleries, London (2013-14); KW Contemporary Art Institute, Berlin (2012); Nottingham Contemporary (2011); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011); Delfina Foundation, London (2011) and Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2010). He has participated in the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel, (2012); the ninth Gwangju Biennial, (2012); SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2008); Istanbul Biennial (2005); and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Recent awards include the Award for Filmic Oeuvre created by Louis Vuitton and Kino der Kunst (2013); the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2012), the Schering Foundation Art Award (2011), as well as The International Commissioning Grant and an award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, in 2005. Shawky founded the educational space MASS Alexandria in 2010 and is represented by Sfeir-Semler Gallery in Beirut and Hamburg.

Wael Shawky Featured Artworks

Al Araba Al Madfuna, Painting by Wael Shawky contemporary artwork
Wael ShawkyAl Araba Al Madfuna, Painting, 2019Oil on Canvas
150 x 120 cm
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Al Araba Al Madfuna, Drawing by Wael Shawky contemporary artwork
Wael ShawkyAl Araba Al Madfuna, Drawing, 2019Graphite, ink, oil, mixed media on cotton paper
50.2 x 70.5 cm
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Al Araba Al Madfuna, Drawing by Wael Shawky contemporary artwork
Wael ShawkyAl Araba Al Madfuna, Drawing, 2019Graphite, ink, oil, mixed media on cotton paper
50.2 x 70.5 cm
Barakat Contemporary Enquire about this work
Al Araba Al Madfuna, Painting by Wael Shawky contemporary artwork
Wael ShawkyAl Araba Al Madfuna, Painting, 2019Oil on canvas
150 x 120 cm
Barakat Contemporary Enquire about this work
Untitled, 2014 (For Parkett 95) by Wael Shawky contemporary artwork
Wael ShawkyUntitled, 2014 (For Parkett 95), 2014Portfolio with 12 silkscreen prints in 1–6 colours
11.5 x 8.25 inches
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Wael Shawky Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–18 July 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS Parkett, Zurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Wael Shawky, Al Araba Al Madfuna at Barakat Contemporary, Seoul
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29 November 2019–31 January 2020 Wael Shawky Al Araba Al Madfuna Barakat Contemporary, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Wael Shawky, The Gulf Project Camp at Lisson Gallery, New York
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13 September–16 October 2019 Wael Shawky The Gulf Project Camp Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York

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Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 10 September 2019, Hyperallergic

As always, there are many wonderful exhibitions, film festivals, and art events taking place throughout the fall in New York. We've put together our recommendations, and hope that they encourage you to explore the artistic happenings of this great city. Focusing on museums, art nonprofits, and galleries that continue to make New York a global hub...

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios 8 September 2017, The Vinyl Factory

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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Wael Shawky at Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin Related Press Wael Shawky at Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin 7 February 2017, Mousse Magazine

Flames, killings, turmoil, conspiracies, and subjugation: the filmic triptych that forms the core of Wael Shawky's show at Castello di Rivoli offers a representation of humanity at its crudest and most brutal. Cabaret Crusade: The Horror Show File (2010) is the first of the series, recounting the story of the first Crusade (1095—99). The...

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Jameel Prize 4 announces shortlisted artists Related Press Jameel Prize 4 announces shortlisted artists 29 January 2016, Art Radar Journal

The biennial Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic traditions, open to artists of any ethnic, religious or cultural background. It was founded in 2009 by the Victoria & Albert Museum in partnership with Art Jameel, the founding partner of Edge of Arabia, The Crossway Foundation, Jeddah Art...

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